Ashberry Nature Reserve

Ashberry Nature Reserve

This timelessly tranquil valley owes its mosaic of rare habitats to the site’s underlying geology. A beautifully clear stream – in which freshwater shrimps and white-clawed crayfish live – and calcium-rich springs flow through the site. The marshy valley bottom hosts rare plants including bird’s-eye primrose, globeflower, marsh hawk’s-beard and grass-of-Parnassus. You might see fallow and roe deer on the valley sides too!

Ashberry nature reserve. Credit Jono Leadley

There is a small amount of roadside parking for the reserve. Access to the nature reserve is via a small gate. The site can be very wet in places, even during the summer, so wellies are advised.

Ashberry nature reserve


For full details and facilities please visit Ashberry nature reserve's website


Car parking

Limited roadside parking available.

Getting here

Contact us

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel 01904 659570
Email Yorkshire Wildlife Trust


Cleveland Way, Helmsley, North Yorkshire YO62 5LE
About 1.75 miles along road from B1257 (Helmsley - Stokesley road) towards Old Byland.
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Grid Reference SE 568 845

Public transport

A bus service runs to nearby Helmsley from Scarborough, Malton and York. In the summer months Moorsbus run a service between Helmsley and Rievaulx.

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